The book I am currently reading cites a book called Suicide by Cop: Committing Suicide by Provoking Police to Shoot You.

I don't know which is worse, the "no shit!" factor, or the way that the use of second person suggests that it's an instruction manual.

Suicide by Cop: Committing Suicide by Provoking Police to Shoot You (Death, Value and Meaning)
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don't DO that while I'm drinking juice
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Oh god, this reminds me of a bridge near my house that is the city's favourite spot for suicides. To combat the trend, city officials put up signs on the bridge, with a sign man climbing up on the railing. WARNING: FATALITY DANGER
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Was it supposed to dissuade people? I don't even know.

I do know that they put fencing above the railing at the entrances to the bridge, but stopped fencing once the bank dropped away. That seems... counterproductive.

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My brain is twisted and wrong, because I immediately wondered if there was a whole series! Like, Suicide by Poison: Committing Suicide By Eating Things That Are Toxic, and so on.

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Suicide by Drug Overdose: Committing Suicide by Taking an Overdose of Drugs.

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That's an impressive subtitle, all right.

This topic appears to attract maladroit titlers. There's Suicide by Cop - Inducing Officers to Shoot: Practical Direction for Recognition, Resolution and Recovery, where the first subtitle also makes it sound like an instruction manual (and I am deducting 10 additional points for the double subtitle).

And then there's Copicide: Concepts, Cases, and Controversies of Suicide by Cop . I have no problem with the subtitle, but "copicide?" Really? I realize people in certain fields will tend to use flippant terms for distressing things - I am told that firefighters refer to car fires as "carbecues," for example - but in a serious book title?

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I have never heard "copicide." I don't believe it exists outside of that author's obsessive need to alliterate. I'm surprised they didn't use "cuiside."

The other title/subtitle/second subtitle is also terrible.

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If you've never heard it, then I definitely agree with you. It doesn't even sound like a decent neologism, unlike "carbecue."

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Investigating this far more than it's worth, I see that this site does actually have a few citations for the word which predate that book (from the 1990s). But just a few, and all the other Google hits I cared to page through were references to the book. Checking Google Books turns up maybe one or two other references from the 1990s (and also one from 1925 in which the word refers to shooting cops, not the other way around).

So a few other people have used the word, but it's pretty clearly never caught on.

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Not to mention that, sans context, I would assume that 'copicide' meant killing cops, not being killed by cops. By extension from the fact that patricide and matricide mean killing your parents, not being killed by them. Neologism fail!

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The "Copicide" bit reminded me of this lengthy thing I read yesterday that used the term "pseudicide" for the faked death of a made-up online persona (as part of Munchausen's by Internet.)

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Pseuicide! That's always been one of my favorite new words.
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